Friday, January 27, 2012

The Star Sisters and What the Crap Mattel?

Well, a week has gone by and no call from Mattel on the why all this Sub Cancellation stuff is about.  But, I did receive the Star Sisters in the Mail this week and my Daughter loves them.  All I can say to Mattel on this one is "What the Crap?"  Don't send me multiple emails about my sub getting cancelled and then send me the figures.  Do I have a sub?  Will I get Shadow Weaver and the others next month?  WHAT THE CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anyway, just wanted to give a little update.  BTW, Found this pic online and thought it was pretty awesome.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 and how not to do business.

A few years back Masters of the Universe Figures returned to the Market as an online exclusive at Mattel's web site  I was collecting very strongly the current GI Joe figures on the market and didn't choose at the time to split my finances between two different lines.  Well starting last year my daughter discovered He-Man and She-Ra on Netflix instant download and view and I went ahead and started getting some of the Figures.  At first only collecting the main characters that I had or that appeared on the show when I was a kid.  One of my best friends had been collecting the line since it appeared and loved the figures despite repeatably messing up his orders and bad customer Service or Bad Quality Control.  Well this year I decided to go ahead and get the subscription and therefore get every figure that came out this year.  A huge commitment as you are committed to about $550 bucks and at the time you sign up you have no idea what figures are coming out.   First week of January comes around and the credit card I have on file gets changed from a mastercard to a Visa.  No problem, I contact Mattel and they send me a link to change my info.  I change it that day.  2 1/2 weeks later I receive an email saying card problems.  As I received it on a Sunday I way until Monday to call.  I log onto my Computer this morning to get the phone number and notice a new email saying that my Subscription has been cancelled. I call about it and the customer (NO) service rep tells me that they are very sorry and that my account is in review and I will be contacted in 1, 2, or 72 hours.  Since I was not contacted in 1 or 2 hours I can only think that it will be 3 days before they get back to me.  In the meantime, after reading about everyone else problems, one of which had to go through this every single month last year because they could not figure out he had changed his card number first thing in the year, I am about convinced to just let them cancel my Sub.  Although I want the exclusive figure that you can only get with it,  I am sure that I will have several figures this year that I just don't really want and would be selling on FEEBAY anyways.   Mattel, it is really not very hard to take a customers money and give them a good product.  It comes out of a will to do a good job and hiring people that are actually happy to do there jobs.  I can only think that Mattel must be a pretty sad place to work because happy workers do good work.  And that includes putting together an ordering system that helps customers have a good experience with a purchase.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Joelanta 2012

Joelanta 2012 is coming this March 18th to Atlanta.  This will be my 8th show and I can not personally wait.  Larry Hama is Going to be there.  You might remember him as the creator of almost every original Gi Joe Character from the 1980's.  Plenty of Dealers, Dioramas, and fun to be had.   And the best part is all the proceeds go to a great cause so you all need to come out and have some fun.   I will post some pictures from previous shows over the next few weeks. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Army of the Red Shadows

 For a few years now the Red Shadows and the whole Action Force series of figures has interested me. As I got closer to finishing my Collection of the essential GI Joe Figures I started branching out and picking up a few of the exclusive figures from other Countries.   I have acquired a small number of them over the years now.  The whole idea of another branch of GI Joe peaked my interest but a group that predated Cobra really interested me.  When the BLACK MAJOR started selling his custom figures on ebay I grabbed several of the Red Shadow ones to build a small army.  The the GIJOE Collectors Club did a set for one of the National Conventions and that gave be a nice sized army.   About a year ago I came across a link on and to order some custom Red Shadow Heads.  Well they came in today and I think they look pretty good.  I had him make them with a Matte Finish as I thought that would blend in a bit better.  As you can tell they are not 100% the same color but close enough that you would never tell when your army is sitting on a shelf.  I ordered the Skull stickers from and once again they provided extremely high quality stickers at a great price.  Maybe one day soon I will pull out all my Red Shadow figures to show my ever growing army.  Hope you enjoy.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Joe, Smiley, Mindbender, and Cobra Commander Return in March for Joelanta 2012

Cobra Commander and Friends pulled out of Storage... It could only mean one thing. That's right, the third Joelanta Short film has begun filming...

Are you ready? Am I ? Will the Daleks return to Exterminate us all? All will be answered at Joelanta 2012. 

“It's gonna be legend-... wait for it... and I hope you're not lactose intolerant because the second half of that word is DAIRY!”